Category - Books

Free Comic Book Days – July 15 – September 9, 2020.
Reading Lists for Racial Justice
Twin Cities Summer Reading Programs – 2020

Free Comic Book Days – July 15 – September 9, 2020.

The first Saturday of May is usually Free Comic Book Day all over the country. However, Free Comic Book Day 2020 will take place from July 15 through September 9. Participating venues will receive 5 or 6 new titles a week during the extended Free Comic Book times. Hopefully this will reduce the number of people crowding in to these small shops all at once. Read more at the FCBD site.

Contact your favorite comic book store for details on how they plan to release the weekly comics. Families can find the closest participating comic book store HERE. Each year participating stores feature free sample comic books from various publishers. .

Modified FCBD 2020 Comic Schedule

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Reading Lists for Racial Justice

Like me, you have probably found suggestions for reading lists for racial justice and social awareness coming in faster than you can keep up. When I need to organize my thoughts, I write. This article is a list of lists, so I can begin to build my own library. There is obviously going to be some overlap and some books I wouldn’t choose to add to my own library. Some books on these lists will be better than others, but these lists are good place to start. I’ll keep adding as I find more recommendations.

What am I missing? Leave me a note after you’ve read through these lists if you see something that needs to be added.

Kids Reading Lists for Racial Justice

Here are some lists I have found to begin my book search.

Reading Lists for Racial Justice

Find Coretta Scott King Award Winners on Amazon, by clicking here.

  1. Coretta Scott King Award Books. This book award has been given out annually since 1970, so you can fill a bookshelf with 50 years of thoughtful, well-written books with this list alone.
  2. 20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good by
  3. Doing Good Together’s Big-Hearted Families crated the Read With Empathy Book Lists. Includes books on a variety of topics, including diversity.
  4. Saint Paul Public Library’s curated list: Resources on Race.
  5. Washington County Library’s curated list: Resources on Race for readers of all ages..
  6. Random House: Children’s Books By Black Voices to Read with Your Kids Now
  7. PBS for Parents: 13 Children’s Books About Race and Diversity
  8. Children’s Theatre Company Suggests Theses 7 Books:
    • A Snowy Day
    • All Are Welcome
    • I am Perfectly Designed
    • I can Do Hard Things
    • Lola Goes to School
    • Last Stop on Market Street
    • Full, Full, Full of Love


Teens & Adults Book List

U of M Press – Reading for Racial Justice List– Free to read online and free downloadable discussion guides.

More Resources:

  1. Anti-Racism Resources for White People

Twin Cities Summer Reading Programs – 2020

Where do your kids fall in the summer reading spectrum? Whether they love to read or hate it or are somewhere in between, there is probably a program out there for them. If they are ambitious, they can participate in several. There is no rule that kids can’t use the same books for several programs.

A couple years ago, I did some research on the reality of the income-based achievement gap and how parents can Increase their Child’s Chances in School with a few Simple, Budget-Friendly Habits. Summer reading is another place where the achievement gap grows. However, the fix is offering your kids easy access to a lot of books and empowering them to select their own reading materials. This is where summer reading programs can come in handy.

Get started planning your best summer!

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